Preparation for Procedures

Patient Escort Policy

YOU MUST HAVE SOMEONE PICK YOU UP AFTER THE PROCEDURE

As a matter of patient safety, Greater New York Endoscopy Surgical Center enforces the New York State Ambulatory Surgical Center requirement that all patients having a procedure in our facility have an escort, that is, a companion, family member or friend, to accompany you home following your procedure.

If you do not have someone to escort you after the procedure, please contact the Visiting Nurse Services of New York (888-943-8435) to arrange for a care partner to accompany you home from your procedure.

For additional information and to make arrangements for a care partner, you can visit the following website: www.partnersincareny.org. Or e-mail: par_intake@vnsny.org.

Please note that your procedure cannot be performed unless your escort is verified.

Day Prior Exam Prep:

Colonoscopy - Half Lightely and Golytle

To prepare for the colonoscopy one must not eat for 24 hours prior to the procedure, and not drink 4 hours before the procedure, The day before the procedure you MUST drink a lot of clear liquids. The prep may get pricey based on the insurance, you can go with the generic which is the golytle prep. For both of these preps, when you go to the pharmacy you need to buy a bottle of citroma (lemon flavor) over the counter. The citroma is a lexative, which will help initiate the bowl movements before the prescribed prep.
Half Lightely is a half of the Golytle container and it also contains two pills. These pills follow the bottle of citroma, you take the pills 30 minutes apart from each other. After the pills you drink the half gallon. Golytle is a gallon which contains powder just like the half gallon of Half Lightley, you mix this powder with water to the fill line shake till the substance is dissolved and drink it slowly. The whole day on top of the prep, you are not eating and drinking clear liquids to keep yourself hydrated. The day of the exam, no liquids four hours before the procedure.

Day of Exam Prep:

UpperEndoscopy, EndoscopicUltrasound, Sonogram Prep

These procedures you prep for the same way no eating for 8 hours before the procedure and no drinking 4 hours before the procedure. For the Endoscopy and the Endoscopic Ultrasound, you sleep through the procedure, and the doctor inserts the scope to check for abnormalities. During the abdominal ultrasound, the radiologist checks the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, etc.

Personal Possessions Notice

Greater New York Endoscopy Surgical Center will provide you with a handbag to store your personal belongings during the procedure.

Please DO NOT wear jewelry, DO NOT bring laptops, DO NOT bring iPods or any other valuables when you come to the Center.

Please note that Greater New York Endoscopy Surgical Center assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, or misplaced items.

Procedure Information Sheet

An upper endoscopy or EGD (EsophagoGastroDuodenoscopy) involves the insertion of a lighted flexible tube, called an upper endoscope, into the mouth. The tube is guided by direct vision into the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum so that the lining of the upper gastrointestinal tract is visualized. Any area of the lining that appears abnormal may be biopsied; that is, a piece of tissue may be removed for analysis. Areas that are bleeding may be cauterized to stop active bleeding or to prevent future bleeding. An EGD is a generally safe procedure but carries several risks that include, but are not limited to, perforation and bleeding. Serious complications of EGD, such as perforation or bleeding, are rare, but may require hospitalization, blood transfusions, or surgery.